Bringing the Late Iron Age to Life

Harvests

The barley had been harvested earlier this moon cycle, as have the oats. Thankfully, we had clear weather for the days it took to get the crops in. Hopefully, we will have enough to last the winter – for both us and the animals.

Since we have such long days, I guess I better go get some more peat, or turf if I can’t find enough peat to dry. I don’t really want to run out of fuel when trying to cook our meals.

Research

According to Dickson & Dickson’s Plants & People in Ancient Scotland (2000) the principle grain crops were a variety of barleys, notably Bere (pronounced “bear”) Barley, but also some samples of Naked Six-rowed barley. Oats it seems were a Wild Oat variety.

Edited to add: The oat varieties would have been “Common Oat” (Avena sativa, cultivated), Bristle Oat, often called Black Oat, (A. strigosa, cultivated) and Wild Oat (A. fatua, weedy). Sativa means cultivated, strigosa means bristly and fatua means insipid or not good.” (From Dickson & Dickson Plants & People of Ancient Scotland, p. 234)

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